Egg and Dart

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Egg and Dart


an ornamental motif on the capitals and cornices of the Ionic and Corinthian architectural orders. It consists of a series of egg-shaped bulges, framed by ridges and alternating with lancet leaves pointing down.

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egg and dart, echinus, egg and anchor, egg and arrow, egg and tongue

egg and dart
An egg-shaped ornament alternating with a dart-like ornament, used to enrich ovolo and echinus moldings and also on bands. In the egg-and-anchor, egg-and-arrow, and egg-and-tongue moldings, the dartlike ornament is varied in form.
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